Israel turns 64

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Israelis gather on the beach in Tel Aviv as they watch Israeli planes performing during a military parade marking Israel’s 64th anniversary. Israel today threw a huge birthday bash to celebrate 64th tumultuous years during which the Jewish state made great strides forward but failed to achieve peace with its neighbours. AFP/Jack Guez

Israelis gather on the beach in Tel Aviv as they watch Israeli planes performing during a military parade marking Israel’s 64th anniversary. Israel today threw a huge birthday bash to celebrate 64th tumultuous years during which the Jewish state made great strides forward but failed to achieve peace with its neighbours. AFP/Jack Guez

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An Israeli boy plays with a rifle during a traditional military weapon display to mark the 64th anniversary of Israel's Independence at the West Bank settlement of Efrat on April 26, 2012 near the biblical city of Bethlehem. AFP/Gali Tibbon

An Israeli boy plays with a rifle during a traditional military weapon display to mark the 64th anniversary of Israel's Independence at the West Bank settlement of Efrat on April 26, 2012 near the biblical city of Bethlehem. AFP/Gali Tibbon

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Christians Nigerians migrant workers, members of the "Redeemed Christian of Good," dance during Israel's 64th Independence Day anniversary celebrations in the Mediterranean city of Tel Aviv. Israel's first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion declared the existence of the State of Israel in Tel Aviv 64 years ago, ending the British mandate. AFP/Jack Guez

Christians Nigerians migrant workers, members of the "Redeemed Christian of Good," dance during Israel's 64th Independence Day anniversary celebrations in the Mediterranean city of Tel Aviv. Israel's first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion declared the existence of the State of Israel in Tel Aviv 64 years ago, ending the British mandate. AFP/Jack Guez

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An Israeli man with stickers of the Israeli flag on his face during Israel's 64th Independence Day anniversary celebrations in Tel Aviv, Israel. AP Photo/Ariel Schali

An Israeli man with stickers of the Israeli flag on his face during Israel's 64th Independence Day anniversary celebrations in Tel Aviv, Israel. AP Photo/Ariel Schali

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A Hercules C-130 Israeli military transport plane flies over Beer Sheva, south of Hebron, during a military display to mark the 64th anniversary of Israel's Independence. AFP/David Buimovitch

A Hercules C-130 Israeli military transport plane flies over Beer Sheva, south of Hebron, during a military display to mark the 64th anniversary of Israel's Independence. AFP/David Buimovitch

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The Ibrahimi Mosque or the Tomb of the Patriarchs, in the old quaters of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, is decorated for the first time by Israelis with Israeli flags to mark the 64th anniversary of Israel's Independence. AFP/Hazem Bader

The Ibrahimi Mosque or the Tomb of the Patriarchs, in the old quaters of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, is decorated for the first time by Israelis with Israeli flags to mark the 64th anniversary of Israel's Independence. AFP/Hazem Bader

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An African migrant worker cheers during Israel's 64th Independence Day anniversary celebrations in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, April 26, 2012. AP Photo/Ariel Schalit

An African migrant worker cheers during Israel's 64th Independence Day anniversary celebrations in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, April 26, 2012. AP Photo/Ariel Schalit

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Israeli children play on top of an old military tank during a display by the army at the Armored Corps Museum as part of Independence Day celebrations in Latrun, near Jerusalem. Israel is celebrating its annual Independence Day, marking 64 years since the founding of the state in 1948. AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner

Israeli children play on top of an old military tank during a display by the army at the Armored Corps Museum as part of Independence Day celebrations in Latrun, near Jerusalem. Israel is celebrating its annual Independence Day, marking 64 years since the founding of the state in 1948. AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner

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Hercules C-130 Israeli military transport planes fly off the coast of Haifa, in northern Israel, during a military display to mark the 64th anniversary of Israel's Independence. Israelis are marking Independence Day, celebrating the 64th year since the founding of the Jewish State in 1948 according to the Jewish calendar. AFP/David Buimovitch

Hercules C-130 Israeli military transport planes fly off the coast of Haifa, in northern Israel, during a military display to mark the 64th anniversary of Israel's Independence. Israelis are marking Independence Day, celebrating the 64th year since the founding of the Jewish State in 1948 according to the Jewish calendar. AFP/David Buimovitch

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